Former ISU All-American Ketelsen passes away

AMES – Former Iowa State wrestler and two-time All-American Dale Ketelsen passed away last week at the age of 78. He died at a local nursing home in Baton Rouge, La.

Ketelsen wrestled under legendary coach Harold Nichols and was a major contributor on Nichols’ first two teams to finish in the top three at the NCAA Championships. The Cyclones were third in 1957 and second in 1958.

Ketelsen, a native of Osage, was a three-year letter winner for the Cyclones, earning All-America honors his final two seasons after placing third at 157 pounds in 1957 and second at 157 in 1958.

After college, Ketelsen, who also was a member of the ISU baseball team that advanced to the College World Series in 1957, went on active duty for six months in the United States Marine Corps before returning to Iowa State to work as an assistant under Nichols for two seasons. He also coached at a high school in Illinois and then became the first-ever coach at LSU, where he coached for 10 years.

The former Cyclone is survived by Pat Ballard Ketelsen, his wife of 52 years, their two sons and a daughter.